Gotta love cronyism.
This is actually a pretty stealth move on behalf of the Bush administration. It puts Democrats in a tight spot. They’re faced with a nominee who they know nothing about (other than her and GWB are good pals), and so they have two not-so-great choices: let her go through and take their chances in getting a total nut, or fillibuster with the knowledge that doing so will virtually guarantee that the subsequent nominee will be confirmed (the American public isn’t gonna love multiple fillibusters) — giving Bush the ability to then put up a Miguel Estrada or a Patricia Owens and leave Dems with few options. Her lack of any sort of judicial history also gives Democrats fewer rallying points — all we know is that even some Republicans are under the impression that “She rose to her present position by her absolute devotion to George Bush” and “that she told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met” (link via Atrios). George W. Bush is the most brilliant man she’s ever met? Sounds to me like she needs to get out more.
This one is trouble. Democrats are in a nasty position. We’ll have see what comes forward about her in the coming weeks.
UPDATE: Check out her blog. Totally legit, I swear.
UPDATE 2: This has nothing to do with anything, but I love my mom. I told her that I have school off tomorrow for Rosh Hashanah, and she IMs me, “oh…you ned to ask for forgiveness to anyone you have crossed! What do you think of Bush’s candidate?? I think she is absolutely unqualified! It is insulting to women…he is just offering up a woman…any woman…there are tons of qualified women! Its like he’s daring the Dems to say something. Well..the gym is beckoning. go make your dinner. gotta clear the phone line…George may be trying to reach me to be the next Secretary of State!” Hahaha…